[ 2 syll. au-gus(t), aug-u-st ] The baby boy name August is pronounced in German and Polish as AW-GuhST †. August is largely used in the English, German, Polish, and Scandinavian languages, and it is derived from Latin origins. The name's meaning is august, dignified, holy. Augustus (Latin) is an original form of August. The adjective 'augustus' is itself derived from 'augere'. It was adopted as a title by Roman emperors such as Gaius Octavianus in 27 BC, who was also known as the Emperor Augustus. The month of August was later named after him. The name Augustus was later brought to Britain from Germany by the Hanoverians in the early 18th century, and it was popular among English speakers.
In addition, August is a contraction of the name Augustine (Irish and English).
The name Augusta (English, German, and Italian) is the female equivalent of August.
August has 27 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Agosto, Augea, Augee, Augey, Augi, Augustus, Augy, and Austin. The contraction Gus (also used in Irish, and Scottish), and the diminutive forms Auggie, Augie, and Gussie are other English variants.
Foreign variants of August include Agostino (Italian), Agustí (Catalan), Agusto (Spanish), Augustas (Lithuanian), Auguste (French), Augusto (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Augusts (Latvian), Aukusti (Finnish), Avgust (Russian and Slavic), Avgustin (Russian), Gucio (Polish), and Gutek (Polish). Specific foreign variants include the diminutive forms Gustl (German) and Guus (Dutch).
August is popular as a baby name for boys, and it is also viewed as trendy. The name's popularity has been growing since the 1980s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2018 with 0.117% of baby boys being given the name August. It ranked at #170 then. Among all boy names in its group, August was the 2nd most popular after Austin in 2018. The name was twice as popular as August in that year. August has mostly been a baby boy name, though in the past century it has also been used for girls.
† Pronunciation for August: AW as in "cow (K.AW)" ; G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; UH as in "look (L.UH.K)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
A famous person named August is Playwright, August Wilson, born 27 April 1945 - 2 October 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.